Title: Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Building an Outstanding Career
Author: Dan Schawbel
Page Count/Review Word Count: 250
Dan Schawbel’s highly-rated collection of tips for ambitious employees is pretty good, but it’s not perfect – at times, it seems just like common sense. And it has a bias towards the new, up-and-coming employees, the young millenials who are in their first or second job and need that extra bit of career advice. People like myself.
But the thing is, if you’re passionate about what you do, if you’re driven and ambitious and determined to get your way then most of this stuff comes naturally. You feel an urge to improve yourself, to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can and to apply it whenever there’s an opportunity.
Dan covers all of this, but he also covers more – how to network both internally and externally, how to deal with difficult situations and, most importantly, how to avoid stagnation in the workplace. I’m not going to lie to you, it takes a lot of work to put his advice in to action. Unless you’re already doing it.
That’s why this is a useful read for any professional of any age – if you’re driven enough, you’re probably doing a lot of this stuff already, but you’ll still pick up hints and tips here and there. If you’re not driven enough, it’ll inspire you to be the change you want to see.